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How One Social Worker Has the Right Stuff for the Joy and Heartache of Foster Care

by Alison Bell What is it like in the day of a foster care social worker?  It’s both harder and more rewarding than you might think. Patience and wisdom.  Check. Ability to smooth over potential conflicts with skill of a…

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Why We Must Keep Raising Our Voice for the Safekeeping of Children

  At the end of April, Hillsides joined with other advocates to gather in Washington, D.C. for the annual Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) Advocacy Conference. The gathering is an opportunity for members of CWLA to learn about new…

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Could You Be a Foster Parent?

 By Elizabeth Mariscal With over 21,000 children in foster care in Los Angeles County, we need to ask ourselves, who is going to help raise these children when their biological families cannot?  They say it takes a village to raise…

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Help a Child Find Their `Happily Ever After’

Several years ago, Claudia Orange and her husband Rudy bought a four bedroom home.  The Rancho Cucamonga, California couple was unable to have children, and the place felt too big. Claudia began to think about becoming a resource parent (formerly…

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A New Approach to Handling the Unavoidable Trauma of Life

By Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides President and CEO Trauma is an unavoidable part of life. The critical issue is how to address it in such a way that its potential lingering effects are mitigated. The stories of the children, youth,…

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